home economics notes

Carbohydrate Notes



Carbohydrate notes for 5th years (and 6th years).

Also here is a link to the Photosynthesis Song, bonus marks if you can sing this tomorrow 🙂


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Fifth Years, Final Assignment

Well done to fifth years who completed assignment 5 recently, they made beautiful Lemon Meringue Pies to demonstrate gelatinisation of starch.

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Cookery Courses

The Italian Cookery and the Cake Decorating and Icing courses were a great success during February mid term break. There were some very talented future young chefs, bakers and patissiers in attendance, and they produced some beautiful food, as you can see from the photos.
The recipes are available here Recipes for mid term cookery

I am already planning another course for Easter, and seeing as the Cake Decorating and Icing course was so popular, I am thinking of something similar, perhaps Cakes/ Baking or Sweet Making?  If you have any suggestions please leave a comment.

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Social Studies Elective Notes


Below is a link to excellent notes and exam breakdown for the Social Studies Elective, Q 3, from

Remember this question is worth 80 marks, so it deserves a lot of attention.

Here are also some up to date statistics on Poverty, Unemployment and Social welfare payments, for anyone who did not get it in class. Reports from Central Statistics Office

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Health week Recipe 5- Eton Mess


While this recipe contains sugar in the meringues and natural sugars in the strawberries, it is nice for an occasional treat. The crème fraiche is lower in fat than whipping cream or double cream which is usually used in Eton Mess, but is still very tasty, creamy and delicious.

Enjoy making this and thank you for following the Health Week recipes.


Eton Mess- serves 4


1 punnet of Fresh Irish strawberries

150g Créme Fraiche

4 meringue nests


1. Wash strawberries and remove stalks. finely slice into bite size pieces

2. Mix the strawberries with the crème fraiche and refrigerate for at least an hour.

3. Just before serving, roughly break the meringue nests and stir into the strawberry mixture.

4. Serve in glass bowls or glasses.




Recipe 4- Salmon Teriyaki

Salmon Teriyaki Today’s recipe is a very healthy Japanese inspired dish. Salmon is a great source of Omega 3 and Omega 6, very important for healthy brain activity and a healthy heart.  images56GM6PO0

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Protein Notes Part 2


Protein part 2

5th Year homework/revision for test on Friday.  Questions on the last slide for revision- 5th and 6th years.

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Recipe 3- Red Lentil and Chickpea Soup

Perfect to warm you up on a day like today, this is a meal in itself and tastes even better re-heated the next day.

Red Lentil and Chickpea Soup


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Recipe 2- Strawberry and Banana Ice Pops

These are a delicious healthy snack or dessert that can be enjoyed any time of the year and can be a great way to use up fruit that is about to spoil. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 1 month. They contain no added sugar, but are naturally sweet and are extremely simple to make.

Strawberry and Banana Ice-pops


2 Ripe bananas

2 punnets of strawberries

1 small tub of yoghurt e.g. Strawberry yoghurt/ natural yoghurt/Greek yoghurt

  1. Remove the green stalk from the strawberries and wash them
  2. Put all the ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.
  3. Pour the mixture into ice pop moulds and put an ice pop stick in each one.
  4. Freeze for 3 hours
  5. Dip the mould in some hot water to remove the ice pops

*Tip if you don’t have an ice- pop mould, you could use an ice cube tray, small empty yoghurt pots or egg cups. Or just freeze in small lunch boxes and remove from the freezer and place in the fridge half an hour before serving, to eat like ice cream.



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Health Week – Monday’s Recipe- Spicy Chicken or Beef Fajitas with Homemade Tomato Salsa

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Todays recipe for Health Week is high in protein for growth and carbohydrates for energy. The tomato salsa is an excellent source of fibre and antioxidants for a healthy heart.

These are great for a family dinner or for a party with friends, a great quick and very tasty meal. Add peppers, mushrooms, guacamole or whatever you like, even try it with prawns or lamb.

Just click on the link below.

Beef or Chicken Fajitas with Homemade Tomato Salsa

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